We trace back the miracle that is the Yosuke Yamashita Trio.


Open University Japan What does jazz mean to the Japanese?

Active from 1972 to 1975, the second Yosuke Yamashita Trio toured overseas with great success.

What does jazz mean to the Japanese?
In this two-part series, we will examine what the second Yosuke Yamashita Trio’s “Japanese sense of swing” is, and their attempts to create their own “freedom” in the midst of the clash of Western, African, Japanese, and world musical civilizations.
In addition to rare performances of “Gugan,” “Mina’s Second Theme,” “Kiasma,” and “Clay,” all three of whom are still active players, you will also hear “Ondo no Funauta” by Akira Sakata.

Part 1: The Mystery of the “Japanese Swing Sense” Created by the Yosuke Yamashita Trio
Part 2: How the early Yosuke Yamashita Trio’s free jazz synchronized with the world